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Solar eclipse of August 19, 1887


Solar eclipse of August 19, 1887

Solar eclipse of August 19, 1887
Type of eclipse
Nature Total
Gamma 0.6312
Magnitude 1.0518
Maximum eclipse
Duration 3m 50s
Coordinates 50.6N 111.9E
Max. width of band 221 km
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 5:32:05
Saros 143 (16 of 72)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9251

A total solar eclipse occurred on August 19, 1887. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than the Sun, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across the surface of the Earth, while a partial solar eclipse will be visible over a region thousands of kilometres wide.

It was visible across Europe, Asia, and Japan.


  • Observations 1
  • Related eclipses 2
    • Solar 143 2.1
  • Notes 3
  • References 4


The Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev ascended in a balloon near Moscow to observe this eclipse.

Partiality at sunrise from Berlin, Germany

Related eclipses

Solar 143

It is a part of Saros cycle 143, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 72 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on March 7, 1617 and total event from June 24, 1797 through October 24, 1995. It has hybrid eclipses from November 3, 2013 through December 6, 2067, and annular eclipses from December 16, 2085 through September 16, 2536. The series ends at member 72 as a partial eclipse on April 23, 2873. The longest duration of totality was 3 minutes, 50 seconds on August 19, 1887.[1]

Series members 17-28 occur between 1901 and 2100:
17 18 19

August 30, 1905

September 10, 1923

September 21, 1941
20 21 22

October 2, 1959

October 12, 1977

October 24, 1995
23 24 25

November 3, 2013

November 14, 2031

November 25, 2049
26 27 28

December 6, 2067

December 16, 2085


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  • NASA graphic
  • Googlemap
  • NASA Besselian elements
  • American Eclipse Expedition to Japan: The Total Solar Eclipse of 1887 "Preliminary Report of Prof. David P. Todd, Astronomer in Charge of the Expedition." Published by the Observatory Amherst, Mass., 1888
  • Total Eclipses of the Sun, By Mabel Loomis Todd, 1894, new and revised edition by David P. Todd, 1900. [1]
  • The total solar eclipse of August 19, 1887 Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 48, p. 202
  • Sketchs of Solar Corona August 19, 1887
  • Solar eclipse of August 19, 1887 in Russia
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